Welcome to the Clarewood Mercado at Plazamericas Mall in Houston Texas.
The first of the two Mercados is now open for business. The site is still under construction and about half of the stores tonight were open and doing business. It is a rare event that a twelve year vacant department store re-opens into a mini-mall. This mercado breathes new life into this long vacant section of the mall and appears to be nearly fully leased. The mercado includes a supermarket, laundromat, a mini food court, and several small stores. Most of the stores closed early and I took these pictures just before the market closed for the night.
Only ten months ago the former JCPenney was a vacant rotting shell.
Now the building has a new beginning; here is a look at the new mall entrance.
Here are a couple of shots in the nearly finished Supermercado which will have entrances from the food court and outside access.
There is a small food court here on the first floor; five of the six outlets are filled. Notice the mirrors still on the poles from the old JCPenney. There are a few signs still in place from the old JCPenney including the one above the escalator below.
I am not sure what is going in here on the second floor; maybe a junior anchor or storage. There are three entrances to this area under construction.
The owners of the new mercado kept the escalators exactly the same from the old JCPenney. Gotta love the nostalgia here.
Clothing stores, jewelers, snack shops, cell phone booths, car stereo outlets, furniture stores, toy and novelty stores, tattoo shops, and several other businesses are open or moving in.
This is the space behind the Laundromat; it appears to be a dollar/ discount store.